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Anti-Semitism, again

EVERY time there is an eruption of anti-Semitism, it has several consequences, few of them beneficial

Looking upstream

“STICK two poems up in a bus shelter and call it a university.” Tony Blair was the subject of this one-liner, written by the late Victoria Wood for one of her plain-speaking dinnerladies

Pay restraint

IT WAS not Bob Dudley’s fault that the oil conglomerate BP lost £4.5 billion last year. Nor, perhaps, can Mr Dudley be blamed, despite being chief executive, for the thousands of job losses at the company, or for the frozen pay of the remaining staff

Messy Church

THE secretary-general of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), the Rt Revd Dr Idowu Fearon, has given a robust answer to the ACC’s stay-at-home critics. The communiqué from the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury in January had not been ignored

A case of avoidance

THOSE who complain about tax avoidance are often themselves complained about. Nobody wants to pay more tax than they must, it is said; and besides, it is not avoidance — merely tax efficiency. This argument might hold water for odd sums moved from one domestic account to another, or from one tax yea...

Answering the terrorists

"To express a moderate opinion, or support for a beleaguered minority such as the Christians, becomes an act of courage"

In thought and deed: Easter now

THE historical root of Christianity has a different significance for different people. It remains integral to the faith, however. Those first accounts of the Easter events have been presented in miriad ways, but few dismiss them as fiction


Five-year failure

FIVE years ago, Dr Zaidoun Zoabi was a university professor working in Damascus. “The first time I chanted freedom it took me a couple of minutes amongst the crowd to say ‘f. . . f. . . freedom’

No choice

COMPROMISES are hard to defend. Few ideologues will rush to barricades that allow through a steady trickle of traffic as part of an issue-calming measure. So the UK’s half-hearted Sunday trading laws were ripe for interference by a Government that promotes profit over principle

Closed borders

IN A week or two, the number of refugees entering Greece from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq since the start of 2015 will stand at one million. These are, of course, the refugees who have been logged officially

Same-sex solution?

IT IS a brave committee that suggests it has found a workable solution to the Church’s divisions over same-sex marriage, but the working group under Bruce Gray QC clearly hopes to make that claim

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